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Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor and 'Batman vs. Superman' officially has our full attention

Jesse Eisenberg is a great choice for Lex Luthor. Jesse Eisenberg is a terrible choice for Lex Luthor. It sort of depends on what kind of Luthor they’re going for. Eisenberg was great as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network and he was great as Magical Mark Zuckerberg in Now You See Me, so him joining the still-untitled¬†Man of Steel sequel seems like a net positive.

Of course, Michael Shannon is a great actor, and he spent half of Man of Steel encased in a weird exoskeleton ranting about the genetic codex. Remember the genetic codex? It was the whole reason anything happened in Man of Steel, a movie which made a lot of money, but I bet if you asked someone who just saw Man of Steel to explain what the genetic codex was, they would stare blankly into space or maybe think you were trying a weird new pick-up line. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: Now let's cast the rest of the Justice League

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! Click here for past columns.

Remember when Zack Snyder officially announced his intention to put a Batman movie inside a Superman movie? On Wednesday, he got even more ambitious: Warner Bros. officially announced that Gal Gadot was playing Wonder Woman. We’ve all had a day to work through our complicated feelings about that news. But now it’s time to move on to more important things. Snyder’s incipient Superman saga always carried the implicit promise of bigger things: A whole multimovie mega-franchise focusing on different DC superheroes, all leading up to a franchise-knitting superteam film.

It took Marvel four years, three successful mini-franchises, and one nonstarter Hulk franchise to get to Avengers. Warner Bros. is clearly hoping to accelerate that timeline. Batman Vs. Superman Plus Wonder Woman points directly to a Justice League movie by Q3 2017, if not earlier. It’s equally possible that the studio has a more ambitious architecture in place: They could be plotting to launch their other superheroes in team-up movies from 2015 onward, with Ben Affleck on retainer to play Batman for half an hour in each movie, essentially serving as franchise booster rockets. (DC Comics has been doing this for years. Launching a new comic book? Put Batman on the cover as an issue 1 guest star.)

Whatever: The point is, casting for the rest of the Justice League has moved from an ambient years-forward possibility to an immediate probability. Which means it’s never been more important for us to collectively tell Warner Bros. how to cast the rest of the Justice League. It’s a tricky gambit: They need people who will form a fun ensemble right away, but who can also suggest a possible movie waiting to be built around them. (They require Ruffalo-Hulks; they could settle for Johansson-Widows; they need something better than Renner-Hawkeyes.) Forthwith, the best possible casting choices, with careful consideration given to extra-film details like “How will Twitter react?” and “How will they look on a panel at Comic-Con 2015?”:
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Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman: 13 thoughts on the bombshell-casting bombshell

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1. Wonder Woman is a larger-than-life icon, a character who has existed for more than 70 years. She will probably still be important when everyone breathing now is dead. But for the last decade, she has existed most prominently as a casting rumor. They tried making a movie out of her, or several movies, or a Justice League movie that would’ve produced a Wonder Woman spin-off — a process that engulfed geek demigod Joss Whedon in a mid-’00s Dark Period so painful he has (maybe accidentally, maybe not) devoted years of his life to DC’s comic-studio archnemesis. They tried making a TV show out of her, a process that served no purpose beyond squandering Adrianne Palicki’s post-Friday Night Lights glow; they tried making another TV show out of her, this time a prequel sans costume, and that didn’t work either. For more than 10 years, the idea of a human female playing Wonder Woman onscreen has been a hotly contested debate, conducted in dark rooms between producers and in the internet echo chamber.
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'Batman vs. Superman': Check out this footage of a football game from the 'Man of Steel' sequel

The Batman-powered Man of Steel sequel isn’t hitting theaters until 2015, and essentially everything about the movie besides the presence of Ben Affleck is shrouded in mystery. Last week, however, we learned that the movie would apparently feature a football game, since director Zack Snyder took his crew to film a showdown between Gotham City University and Metropolis State University. Video has emerged of the filming. There’s no Henry Cavill, no Affleck, definitely no Cranston-ized Lex Luthor, and indeed no indication that this scene will last longer than maybe 20 seconds in the movie.

Still, the member of the crew directing the crowd does offer some tantalizing hints. “The first play, you guys are all really happy about. The second play is gonna be all at that end, and you’re gonna hate it.” So we know it’s not a blowout, even though Gotham was heavily-favored in my fantasy football league. (That’s what fantasy football is, right?) READ FULL STORY

Josh Brolin was in the running to play Batman

Acclaimed Oscar-nominated actor and human bar fight Josh Brolin was rumored to be one of the actors in contention to play an older Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. Of course, that was back in August 2013, the long-ago era when every male actor between the ages of 25 and 67 was theoretically in the running to play the Caped Crusader. Now our culture has moved on to a brave new Affleck era. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still speculate about what might have been…especially since Brolin is at the Toronto Film Festival, which means he’s surrounded by reporters. Since journalism mainly exists nowadays as a delivery system for Batman casting rumors, Brolin has had a couple of opportunities to confirm that, yes, he was very briefly maybe possibly kinda sorta in talks to play Bruce Wayne. READ FULL STORY

'Man of Steel 2' trailer spoof: Batman and Superman (and Bryan Cranston)

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We’re still two years away from Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel 2 (feat. Batman), but there’s already a trailer for the onscreen pairing of Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman. Of course, this trailer is actually just a spoof, but it’s a well-edited spoof created by YouTube user Soylent Brak 1, who created it from the raw material of Man of Steel footage and lots of shots of Ben Affleck looking tense. There’s also a timely appearance by Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor, which is the hottest casting rumor of the moment. Watch! READ FULL STORY

Way Worse Batmen than Ben Affleck

Oh come on, people. Not everyone would make a #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck. Help us come up with some exceptions. The #HottestGuyInGigli is not the ACTUAL devil, right?

WORSE BATMEN THAN BEN AFFLECK:

Cage!

Ed Norton

Tommy Wiseau

James Franco

Credit: A.M.P.A.S.

Reynolds or Rogen

Billy Bob Thornton

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Zack Snyder looking for an older Batman? Josh Brolin, Joe Manganiello, and the latest rumors

Here is what we actually know about the sequel to Man of Steel: It’s coming out in 2015, and it will somehow feature Batman. Everything else at this point is conjecture or mysteriously-sourced gossip. Still, it’s worth paying extra attention to a casting report posted over the weekend by the Hollywood Reporter. The report features a list of names that run the gamut from obvious (wait, Hollywood wants to cast Ryan Gosling in a movie?) to intriguing (Richard Armitage, so good as the chief Dwarf in The Hobbit) to tantalizingly unlikely (listen, I love me some Max Martini — Herc Hansen 4 Life! — but the odds of him playing Batman are less likely than the odds of Benedict Cumberbatch playing a humpback whale in the next Star Trek movie.) But there’s a key revelation in the report: “According to numerous sources, this Wayne/Batman will be in the late 30s or around the 40 mark… established and rugged.” READ FULL STORY

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